I've never actually met a "poor" person that had a job. How do you figure everyone that isn't rich is poor?
My family was supposedly poor when I was a kid. I never went hungry, I never even ate nothing but beans and rice. We always had money for meat and fresh vegetables. I'll cop to eating a hell of a lot more baked chicken than I'd like to have had as a wee little shit. We always had reliable transportation, plenty of clothes to wear, lots of toys.
When I graduated from high school, my mom got her first nice car, a two year old Nissan Pathfinder in excellent condition. Not cheap, not even close to something a "poor" person should ever be purchasing, even used like that. I bought a two thousand dollar computer that same year went I went to my first year of college on an eight thousand dollar loan. By this time in my life, steak wasn't a rare, special treat, neither was fish, or eating out. We didn't have baked chicken twice a week anymore. My jeans, unfortunately, weren't from second hand stores either. Damned shame that, breaking them in yourself isn't nearly as comfortable.
When we were "poor" we qualified for straight up welfare a few years there, never took advantage of such options. We could have been on food stamps for most of my childhood. When I graduated, we could still have qualified for free lunches at school because we were supposedly low income. Nice home, nice car, nice food, plenty of toys. My mom had two twelve strings and a six string acoustic, a six string electric, and a six string bass. We were still considered poor by whoever the retards were deciding who qualified for school lunches.
The twit(and I'm being polite here, real polite) that was bitching at our dear leader the other day about how she wasn't seeing any change for the middle class is crapping about how hard life is while she sends her two kids to private school. She's in such dire straits, that she can blow eight grand a year, maybe thrice that on a private education, after paying up the ass for her tax share on the public schools,
All the pinheads on TV are all "OMG!!! A BLACK LADY CALLED HIM TO TASK!!!" and not a one of them has enough of a grasp on reality to ask the obvious question. What's the problem with how she's been doing if she can afford so many luxuries as to send her children to private school?
When you have two cars, a house, and a big screen tv you watch when you're not chowing down on your high class dinners my grandparent could only dream of, you're not poor. You're greedy. You might be having money problems, but it's called stupidity, not poverty. The only thing shrinking in this country is our brains.